Are You Teaching Math for the Right Reason?

By Lynna Sutherland Most homeschool families make math learning and math work a priority in their homeschool day. Even if other things have to fall by the wayside, they make sure that math gets done. Most homeschool moms have faced…

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How to Homeschool Foreign Languages Confidently

by Anne Guarnera If you want to study foreign language in your homeschool but don’t speak one yourself—or even if you do!—you might have a million questions:   What’s the best age to start a foreign language? Which curriculum is…

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Getting Back on Track: Instilling Good Work Habits

By Kyndra Steinmann It’s been a hectic spring around here. March started out with a quick trip to Virginia to attend HEAV’s LeaderLife conference in Williamsburg. It was worth every minute of driving—but coming from Massachusetts, I did spend two…

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A Journey to the Heart of a Homeschool

By Patricia Marie From the moment I laid eyes on my firstborn, I knew my life had changed. Like many others, I didn’t enter the realm of motherhood with credentials common to the job. But, as often is the case,…

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Right-Brain Writing

Writing comes naturally for many children, and others learn it only after the writing process is taught in detail. However, some children never find writing easy, and they avoid it like the plague. These children continue to struggle with the…

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How to Pick the Perfect Curriculum

by Kyndra Steinmann It’s February and all my homeschool groups are full of comments and posts about finding the perfect curriculum for next year! From veteran homeschoolers to moms who pulled their children out of school at Christmas, all are…

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Is It Dysgraphia?

By: Dianne Craft, MA, CNHP One of the most common and most misdiagnosed processing problems in children is a blocked writing gate.  This is the number one processing glitch in gifted children.  Many of these children seem to be “allergic”…

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Learning to Love What Might Be Destroyed

By Lynna Sutherland You’ve heard the saying “learning to love what must be done,” right? The idea is that we find peace and joy in life not by chasing down what we imagine might bring us happiness, but by finding…

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Flexible Homeschooling: Setting Your Schedule Free

By Kyndra Steinmann When we first began this homeschooling journey, I was very focused on making sure the children were “learning something and making progress” so we could “finish on time.” Our homeschool schedule of phonics and reading consisted of…

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How To Raise Your Leadership Lid

How To Raise Your Leadership Lid Note:  This is the second in a series of articles on leadership. Click here for the first article.  It was the most excruciating pain I have ever felt. I was writhing on my hospital…

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Vacation Brain

Lately, I’ve had a bad case of “vacation brain”! As is usual at this point in the year, we have reached the end of our first semester, and are busy with our Advent creative block. Co-op is over until January,…

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Every Problem Is a Leadership Problem

by Royce White Note:  This is the first in a series of articles on leadership. Click here for the second article.  My first day at my first job… I was feeling great. I was the night manager of a telephone sales…

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Do You Have a Homeschool Planning Period?

by Kyndra Steinmann The first six weeks of our first term of school flew by! We took a week’s break—to work on other projects, to do some of the cleaning and organizing that never seems to happen during the school…

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The Blessing of Boring Routine

Two summers ago, the three biggest children went to a local day camp for two weeks. Since they needed to be dressed, fed, and ready to go by the time my husband left for work at 7:30—and they would be…

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Is the Proof Really in the Pudding?

By Lynna Sutherland The other day, I was talking with a group of new homeschoolers. One mom mentioned that her family was somewhat skeptical about whether or not homeschooling was a good idea. I wanted to help her to have…

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Talking ‘By the Way’

by Kyndra Steinmann Recently I’ve had the opportunity to talk to a number of homeschool moms who are just beginning their journey. They have the usual questions about curriculum and what they should cover when, but the question that has…

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Are You Filling Your Homeschool Schedule Backwards?

by Lynna Sutherland Have you ever watched someone demonstrate time management and priorities with rocks, gravel, and sand? They demonstrate that beginning with the sand or gravel will leave no room for the big rocks. But if you begin with…

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What’s Contagious in Your Home?

by Kyndra Steinmann Remember back in the eighties when we used to have “chicken pox parties”?  Someone’s kids would come down with the chicken pox and a message would go out through the homeschool phone tree so anyone whose kids…

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Your Homeschool Kids Are Missing Out

by Lynna Sutherland As homeschool parents, we sometimes face criticism from others about the educational choices we’ve made for our kids. It’s easy to get into a defensive posture and have responses ready to ward off that criticism. But it’s…

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A Spirit of Fear

By Kyndra Steinmann How often, I wonder, do I say “no” to something because I am afraid? “No” to the children’s desire to do something. “No” to good opportunities, to friendships, to grace? Lately, I’ve been thinking about this a…

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Loving and Letting Go

by Kyndra Steinmann Has it ever occurred to you that you could love your children too much? That you could do too much for them and make life too pleasant and easy? That sometimes the best way to love is…

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Three Takeaways from Adam Andrews

by Lynna Sutherland At the HEAV Convention in June, I had the privilege of sitting in on a workshop session by Adam Andrews of the Center for Lit. His talk was entitled “The Socratic Method for Dummies.” It was not…

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Training Toddlers & Preschoolers

By Kerin Morgan In the whole scheme of things, toddler years are very short. But these are the years when the most aggressive training should take place and the ones that should produce the most fruit. Training in these years…

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Home Organization Or Laziness

By Kyndra Steinmann I was talking with someone the other day and mentioned how I needed to work on menus for our main meals over the next several months. “Oh!,” she said, “ You are so organized! I couldn’t possibly…

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Bird Studies for Your Homeschool – May 10, 2017

In honor of International Migratory Bird Day 2017, Home Educators of Virginia is focusing our homeschool classroom resources on ornithology. 1.1 Article: “Stress and Your Relationship with God” 1.2 Feathered Friends for the Family 1.3 Birding Resources for the Very…

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Preparing the Busy Toddler for the HEAV Convention

by Kyndra Steinmann The annual HEAV Convention is one of the highlights of our school year. It marks the end of regular lessons (although we do usually continue some things through the summer) and the beginning of summer activities. It’s…

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